B.C. Lions’ QB Vernon Adams Jr. named CFL’s top performer for Week 2 by PFF

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B.C. Lions’ quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. has been named the CFL’s top performer for Week 2 by Pro Football Focus (PFF).

The veteran passer completed 58.6 percent of his attempts for 277 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions during his team’s 26-17 victory over Calgary Stampeders. He also ran the ball four times for 16 yards and one touchdown, receiving a grade of 94.6.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive back Tyrell Ford was the highest-graded defensive player of the week at 82.0. The former second-round pick out of the University of Waterloo played 60 defensive snaps and made one defensive tackle starting at field-side cornerback in a 23-19 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Montreal Alouettes had the highest-graded offensive line of the week, led by left guard Pier Olivier Lestage. As a unit, the group received a grade of 67.0.

The CFL partnered with PFF for the first time ahead of the 2023 season. The American company uses game footage to review every player on the field and grades their individual performances on a scale from zero to 100.

The league unveils the top-graded players from PFF each week. Offensive and defensive players must play a minimum of 25 snaps to be eligible and special teams players must play at least 10. Ties are broken by the number of snaps played.

The top-graded players from each position were as follows for Week 2.

  • QB | Vernon Adams Jr. | B.C. | 94.6
  • RB | Ryquell Armstead | Ottawa | 77.3
  • REC | Jalen Philpot | Calgary | 81.7
  • OL | Dariusz Bladek | Ottawa | 73.7
  • DL | Anthony Lanier II | Saskatchewan | 81.7
  • LB | Jameer Thurman | Saskatchewan | 80.2
  • DB | Tyrell Ford | Winnipeg | 82.0
  • RET | DeVonte Dedmon | Ottawa | 69.9
  • K/P | Brett Lauther | Saskatchewan | 84.2
  • ST | Rolan Milligan Jr. | Saskatchewan | 90.4

The top ten graded offensive and defensive performances from the 2024 season thus far are as follows.

  1. 94.6 | W2 | QB | Vernon Adams Jr. | B.C.
  2. 94.0 | W1 | QB | Jake Maier | Calgary
  3. 92.5 | W1 | DL | Jared Brinkman | Toronto
  4. 91.6 | W1 | QB | Trevor Harris | Saskatchewan
  5. 90.4 | W1 | DL | Jake Ceresna | Toronto
  6. 90.1 | W1 | QB | Cody Fajardo | Montreal
  7. 87.0 | W2 | QB | Jake Maier | Calgary
  8. 85.2 | W1 | DL | Mustafa Johnson | Montreal
  9. 83.6 | W2 | QB | Bo Levi Mitchell | Hamilton
  10. 83.6 | W1 | DL | Folarin Orimolade | Toronto